Religion & Beliefs

Finding “faith” in Blogland

So, I've been further mulling over the idea that words like "faith" make people nervous, and I decided to do a little experiment.  I visited the websites for bloggers I *know* are in some way/shape/form religious/spiritual  Jews, and I performed … Read More

By / November 3, 2006
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So, I've been further mulling over the idea that words like "faith" make people nervous, and I decided to do a little experiment.  I visited the websites for bloggers I *know* are in some way/shape/form religious/spiritual  Jews, and I performed a search on each site, a search for "faith." 

Guess what I found?

You guessed it. No faith.

Even in the blogs of people like the amazing Amy Guth, Chicago blogger/novelist extraordinaire.  Even though her site is full of faithful posts like this one.  Still, there's not a single reference to "faith" in her blog archives. 

I mean, really, what's the big deal?  It's just

Main Entry: 1faith Pronunciation: 'fAth Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural faiths /'fAths, sometimes 'fA[th]z/ Etymology: Middle English feith, from Anglo-French feid, fei, from Latin fides; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at BIDE 1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : LOYALTY b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions 2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust 3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith> synonym see BELIEFon faith : without question <took everything he said on faith>